I listened to something recently that said that people become attached to things, which makes them value them more once they have them. For example, if you give a person a mug, and then you offer them a candy bar for the mug, they are more likely to keep the mug than if you just offer them either a candy bar and a mug at the beginning. I wonder if the same thing happens with habitual eating, where it is something that fulfills the attachment bond, thus causing us to overvalue the ability to eat those things.
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7 7/10/13 10:38 A
I think you may be on to something! There is definitely a psychology to weight management. They key probably is to help people shift their attachment to food to a healthier approach and reduce the stress of "taking it away".
People focus on exercise because they feel it is a positive step forward, not a taking away of something they love. People simply love food, and while exercise may be a half hour or an hour that they may be unhappy (though most find out that they aren't unhappy when they do it) watching your nutrition feels like someone is taking something away from you, taking something that you love out of your life, for 24 hours a day.
Once you have something you like, it is very stressful to take it away.
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4,114 7/9/13 6:23 P
My speculation is that most folks started out at a reasonable weight. They maintained this throughout most of their school years and maybe even through college and into a career. Then eventually activity dried up and the weight came on. So I think it would be pretty easy for someone to sit back and say "I'm fat, what changed?" ... oh, I'm not as active as I used to be, let me start exercising again.
The activity level is overestimated and often times leads someone to believing they can eat as they did in high school so the weight never comes off. Confused, they turn to the internet, TV or friends who are great at further muddying the waters.
If by some stroke of luck you figure out it's all about diet (80 or 90% of it, anyway), then you fight the urge to track. So you might go down some paths of woo like low carb, keto or some other fad. Some might choose WW or Nutrisystem and have some success.
There are two frustrations I have:
1) Your weight is completely controllable by you. You may have to do battle with the brain, but by diet, you can gain or lose weight without magic pills, magic food or expensive programs.
2) Gaining strength does not require DVDs, expensive equipment, a trainer, a complicated program or even a gym membership. Fitness is not measured in minutes. Pick up heavy sht, put it down. Do it with as many muscles as you can (i.e. compound lifts). That's it.
Eat less, lift more, the rest is noise. Simple concepts, tough execution.
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7 7/9/13 5:12 P
I am a health coach who helps people get to and maintain a healthy weight. Whenever I talk to people about losing weight, the first thing they talk about is their workout plan (or lack thereof!). This is also how I used to approach it in my younger years.
My experience has shown me that nutrition is BY FAR the most impactful factor to weight loss. Why do most people focus so much on exercise and treat their nutrition as an afterthought? Does this sound familiar: when people eat something they know won't help them lose weight and then say "I'll just run it off".